On the planet Patteron lived two humanoids groups. One was striped, the other checked. They were the same race, of course (skin coloring being their only difference), but few acknowledged this.
Police Officer Striper (striped), lost the crook (checked) during the chase. He looked up and noticed the display beside the security cam. It indicated the cam had seen a running man heading West.
This helped Striper trap the crook in an alley.
“I’m innocent!” said the man.
“Oh yeah? I know you. You’re Benny the Bouncer. You were selling bootleg White Stripes DVDs and bouncing checks all over the city.”
“I’ve got a checkered past,” admitted Benny. But I’m clean. I drive a Checkered Cab now.”
Dispatch spoke over Striper’s radio. “Let ‘im go. We caught the guy.”
“Alright. You’re free to go,” said Striper.
“You mean it?”
“Thanks! You’re a guy of a different stripe!”
Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2018/03/26/fffaw-challenge-week-of-march-27-2018/